Hi I just finished my 3rd semester in a 4 semester Associate Nursing degree program. I am on summer break now, for the first few weeks I reveled in my free time especially now that the weather is nice. Its now the middle of June and I am going stir crazy and money is getting tight. My fiance is supporting me but I need a job. I have applied to about 30 different patient care tech, nursing assistant, and patient attendant/sitter jobs. I applied to 2 extern positions with no luck. I have a decent GPA and I really want to work. Every time I fill out an application I have to mark yes to "Have you ever been convicted of a crime". I was 19 and stupid, I shoplifted got caught. I went to court without a lawyer plead guilty. Its been 5 years I am currently going through the expungement process to remove this charge, but its not guaranteed and takes 6-8 months. Lots of paperwork, fingerprinting, and another court appearance. I guess I am just really discouraged. I can't even get an $8.00/hr sitter position. I contacted an employment agency and they basically told me that there employers want a clear criminal background and that with a charge my chances of landing a hospital job are slim. She told me to call back when my record was clear. Is there anything I can do with my unwanted free time to bolster my resume, such as certifications, etc? Does anyone else have a similar story, what did you do? I really need the money, I'm thinking of looking for work outside healthcare just for the money and that just feels like a waste of time. Feeling hopelessly unemployed and even more worried about when I graduate in 6 months will I be able to get licensed and find a nursing job?